The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

DVD - 2013
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Sep 10, 2020

Another well-known case of injustice on the part of the police and justice system in America. Kristi & Abby Tabby

May 16, 2020

The infamous case that was the basis for Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us." Ken Burns is not an especially political filmmaker, so this is somewhat of a change of pace for him. He co-directed it with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon. It's a sad reminder of how quickly the media is to condemn young black and brown men and how there is a different type of justice (or injustice) for them. There are interviews with the boys, now grown men, which are heartbroken, as they had their childhoods stolen from them. Sarah Burns also wrote a companion book of the same name. Never forget.

May 07, 2019

Hard to watch because of the injustice given those children. This movie exposes the police departments and their tactics used to turn a innocent person into a guilty person even when the evidence point elsewhere.

PimaLib_TeneciaP Jul 20, 2018

This book and documentary follow the story of five young black men from Harlem - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise - who were wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park in 1989. These men spent more than a decade behind bars before they were released and their convictions vacated. How does this happen? How do innocent men get sent to prison? Is there a way to right this wrong?

*Ava DuVernay will be bringing the story of the Central Park Five to Netflix in a limited dramatic series in 2019.

May 21, 2016

I found this documentary well worth watching. A sad story of racism, police and prosecutorial misconduct, media hysteria. Also saddening was how a single juror that was not convinced of the guilt of the Central Park Five was bullied and coerced into changing his vote to guilty.

Mar 04, 2016

This was one of the best documentaries I've seen in a while.

Jan 30, 2016

Totally enjoyed this documentry. I knew a little about the case (I was 4 when it happened) & love my 'murder shows'. Definately recommend.

Aug 04, 2015

This is a documentary originally produced in 2012.
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park.
They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison befire a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime.
Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, the film tells the story of that horrific crime as well as the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.
It is a deeply touching, profoundly moving and gut-wrenching documentary.

Apr 24, 2015

While certainly interesting (films in which Ken Burns is involved often are), the film is not very objective. While these five boys may not have actually raped, sodomized, and assaulted Meili, the documentary is completely one-sided and either trivializes (or dismisses all together) the crimes which they DID commit.

Apr 28, 2014

If you remember this incident at all, this is well worth the watch. If you're unfamiliar with this incident, this documentary is as much about American race relations, New York, and the 1980s as anything else.

Glencoe_Mike Jul 02, 2013

Mostly well-done and interesting and certainly better paced than most Ken Burns documentaries.

PrimaGigi Jun 05, 2013

Looking at the city now and how "safe" it has become versus what it was from the primordial soup that was economic tension (which there still is in this city, but it's blatantly hidden into and bundled together as gentrification) makes you shudder at how underhanded the system of justice in New York still is. I saw the startling correlations between the Central Park Five and that of Stop and Frisk.

wxgirl55 Jun 02, 2013

I forced myself to watch this entire documentary, because initially it made me feel so uncomfortable I wanted to turn it off. But I somehow felt that by turning away from the ugly truth meant that I was condoning it... so I watched.

This is a very powerful film. For a complicated story with so many threads, they've done a remarkable job of pulling them all together and laying out this unjust and ugly societal tapestry that started that night in April 1989.

I do agree with an earlier reviewer who suggested the film be shortened a bit, but this documentary serves it's purpose exceedingly well in uncovering what really happened to The Central Park Five.

btmslt Apr 27, 2013

This was a well done documentary which shows the miscarrigaes of justice for so many people. However, it could have been a bit shorter by condensing the beginning when it became a bit repeatitive, rather then informative, when showing the integrogations of the suspects.

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